Summer time is a time of transition. A time of transition from the early spring to the full bloom of warmth and sunshine (or in the case of the UK, rainstorms), and a time to reflect on the half of the year gone.
When I look back at a lot of my posts over the last 18 months or so, there is a repeated phrase: liminal space. A space where one travels through, never stopping, never staying. Like an airport terminal or the service station at the side of a motorway, the last 18 months have felt like something to travel through. To get out the other side, find a new normal, to find…
The past six months I’ve had to take my focus away from writing. Life, the ongoing DIY project, and work have all eaten into my time at different points over the last six months. I’ve written less than I did at the start of the pandemic, even though I haven’t got less time per-se, but that’s okay. I’ve found a routine of consistent, less writing, is better than spending a month smashing out words and then taking two months off as the creative well re-fills. We’ll have to see how this new approach takes me into the latter summer months – the time when my creativity seems to have a little dip every year!
Last year I talked about taking a different pace with my writing, focussing on my ongoing novel edits and switching focus to writing more blogs. I wanted to save up my creative ideas for my editing work, rather than spending my energy focussing on writing multiple flash fictions. I think this was the right choice, I’ve made significant process on my novel over the past six months and now looking to start July heading into the next key section.
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My monthly newsletter is now a whole 6 months old! I’ve really enjoyed writing these – it’s made me recognise some tools I want to develop further! You can find more about my newsletter here.
This Month’s Posts.
Missed any of my posts from this month? You can find them all below!
It’s not about winning, it’s about trying. It’s showing up, even though the last writing session knocked you back. Or the last rejection made you cry. It’s about standing up, dusting yourself off and trying again. Your dream is only possible if you keep trying. So try again today. First Posted in 2020
Day 45. Day 45 started much the same as Day 44 and Day 43. Both boring days, with no interlude aside from when the food was un-ceremoniously shoved through the access slot next to the door. Kell stared at the ceiling, focussing on her breathing. She’d spent the first fifteen days of Quarantine being angry, … More Quarantine (From the Archives)
Wordcounts are a stable of any writer’s life. They’re an excellent way to measure progress through a draft, and a good way of working out how your pacing is working through a story. But they’re not everything, and here are my three reasons why: You can pick other goals I’ve spoken before about writing goals, … More Wordcounts aren’t everything
This month in my newsletter, Writing on Caffeine, I’m looking at how to write characters, specifically how to craft a unique voice for your character. It’s one of my favourite writing adventures to work out what each character’s voice is! In this newsletter I’ll be talking about what makes up a good “Character Voice” and … More Writing On Caffeine – Character Voices
You might not have written your novel by the age someone else had finished three. You might have found this story later than you intended, or had taken a path that was not the shortest to get here. That’s okay. You are where you need to be, right now. And the story you will create … More You are where you need to be (Monday Inspiration)
In one of my blogs last month, one of the reasons I said why writing is a Good Hobby is because you don’t need all the time in the world to sit down and write. Today, I want to talk about how to write when you’re busy, and my top tips on how you can … More How To: Write when you’re busy
‘Sticks and stones my break my bones, but words will never hurt me’. It’s an old adage, one which is rattled out again and again to try and say how words are only mere words and therefore are 100% less efficient at ruining someone’s good day than throwing a few stones at them. However, here … More Choosing the Right Words
Creativity is not constant. It comes in ebbs and flows. Sometimes you have days when it flows strong. You can write, and write and write some more. The worlds fall into place so easily, the description is so vivid it just works. And there are other days that you struggle. Other days that you try … More Ebbs and Flows (Monday Inspiration)
The world might break, but it can be reformed. A better world, a more unified world. A kinder, better world. Humanity’s strength is in its kindness. It’s compassion. It’s generosity. So choose positivity. Choose kindness Choose love. First Posted in 2020
Having a distinctive character voice for each character can help your reader understand their secret inner words. Not just through dialect, but the type of words they use and who they use those words too. Consider how you would talk to your partner, your sibling, or someone at work. You might have different jokes that … More How To: A Character’s Voice
“We’ve got 10 minutes until the alarm goes off.” Fezula didn’t look concerned. She was never concerned about this. “Fine,” she replied, “let’s get to work.” She held out her hand at Tulep. Tulep passed her the bag of warded coins. “You know,” Fezula, “I thought you were going to be too stressed for this, … More The Joining Payment
Where can you find inspiration? Well, I’ve got some top tips on how you can find inspiration when you can’t find any – you can check out my gues block on Inspired Lines Editing right here! Photo Credit: Shelby Miller on Unsplash
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